Gold Medal Schools
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Gold Medal Schools Criteria  

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* Policies must be written for these criteria

Bronze  

To become a Bronze School, you must complete all five Bronze Criteria.

  1. *Write a policy that requires grades K-2 to receive 45-75 minutes and grades 3-6 to receive 90-150 minutes of structured physical activity each week using the Utah State Office of Education’s Physical Education Core Curriculum
  2. Teach Health Education Core Curriculum provided by Utah State Office of Education
  3. Establish a Gold Medal Mile™ walking program and a goal for student participation
  4. Promote Safe Routes to School by requiring the development and distribution of a written Student Neighborhood Access Program (SNAP) plan, SNAP map, and safe drop-off/pick-up map
  5. *Write a policy mandating a tobacco-free school
 
   
Silver  

To become a Silver School, you must continue implementing the Bronze Criteria and complete all four Silver Criteria.

  1. Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Organization must coordinate at least one health-related event per year that involves students, teachers, faculty, staff, and parents
  2. *Write a policy that requires a yearly teacher, faculty, and staff wellness program
  3. Offer a variety of competitive and non-competitive physical activity programs to students
  4. Choose and complete three criteria from the Criteria Menu
 
   
Gold  

To become a Gold School, you must continue implementing the Bronze and Silver Criteria and complete all four Gold Criteria.

  1. *Write a policy that requires K-6 Physical Education (PE) and physical activity courses to be overseen by PE teacher(s) or specialist(s)
  2. *Write a policy for teachers, faculty, and staff that food is not to be used as a reward or withheld as a punishment
  3. Complete four of the following from Changing the Scene - Improving the School Nutrition Environment (Gold #3A-#3I)

    a. *Write a policy that requires healthy food and beverage choices to be       available whenever food is available outside of school meal services
    b. Enroll school as a Team Nutrition School and conduct nutrition education       activities and promotions that involve students, teachers, faculty, staff,       parents, and the community
    c. Offer nutrition education in the school dining room and classroom, with       coordination between school food service personnel and teachers, faculty,       and staff
    d. *Write a policy that requires lunch to be at least twenty minutes long from       the time students are seated and held between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
    e. *Write a policy that bans advertising of less nutritious food choices and       promotes healthy food choices
    f. *Write a policy that requires food service personnel to have appropriate       pre-service training and regular participation in professional development
    g. Require all organizations to raise funds by selling only non-food items
    h. Consider student needs in planning for a healthy school nutrition       environment by asking students for input and incorporating their feedback       into policy making
    i. Write a policy that requires recess to be scheduled immediately before       lunch for most or all grades

    4. Choose and complete two criteria, in addition to the three options chosen for the Silver level, from the Criteria Menu

 
   
Platinum  

To become a Platinum School, you must continue implementing the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Criteria and complete all five Platinum Criteria.

  1. Strengthen your School Community Council by holding regular meetings and including health on the agenda at each meeting
  2. *Write a policy that requires healthy food and beverage choices to be available whenever food is available outside of school meal services
  3. Plan and carry out a year long teacher, faculty, and staff wellness program
  4. Involve families and the community in completing the Gold Medal Schools™ criteria
  5. a. *Write a policy that requires recess to be scheduled immediately before lunch for most or       all grades
    -or-
    b. *Write a policy that requires lunch to be at least twenty minutes long from the time
          students are seated and held between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
 
   
Platinum Focus  

After completing the Platinum Criteria choose one focus area, listed below, each year until you have completed all of them.

  • Asthma
  • Diabetes Control
  • Environmental Quality
  • Fruits and Vegetables Galore
  • Immunizations
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Oral Health
  • Sun Safety
  • Violence and Injury Prevention
 
   
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  1. Participate in Walk to School Day
  2. Participate in the American Heart Association’s physical activity and community service programs, Jump Rope for Heart or Hoops for Heart
  3. Participate in a Grocery Store Tour or Albertsons Healthy Eaters™ Field Trip
  4. Participate in a health related walk
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  6. Teach a proven effective tobacco prevention program and/or curriculum in the classroom
  7. Utilize the National Dairy Council's Classroom - Cafeteria Connections program to market and promote the link between the cafeteria and the classroom
  8. Participate in United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service program, HealthierUS Challenge
  9. Participate in one health campaign
  10. Hold a Field Day
  11. Allow the community to use the school's facilities for physical activity outside school hours
  12. Establish a School Health Council that discusses ways to meet Gold Medal Schools criteria
  13. *Write a policy that requires teachers, faculty, and staff to not withhold PE or recess as a punishment
  14. *Write a policy that provides continuing education and training in the areas of physical education, tobacco prevention, and nutrition
  15. *Write a policy that requires both lunch and breakfast programs
  16. Participate in the President’s Challenge
  17. Participate in the Governor’s Golden Sneaker Award Program
 
   
   
 

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